Statewide update—April 28, 2011

Northwest HeraldEditorial: When fewer means more, “With nearly 7,000 units of government across Illinois, [Senator Terry] Link believes the time has come to re-examine which ones are vital and which ones are superfluous. We encourage the Legislature to give Link’s bill a full and fair hearing. Fewer units of government just might be the answer. At the same time, let’s not forget the 800-pound gorilla in the room – Illinois’ bloated, inefficient state government – a plaything of politicians that has racked up billions of dollars in debt.”

  • Chicago Sun-TimesEditorial: Change pensions for current state workers, “Few dispute the main factor driving this shortfall: the state’s repeated and prolonged failure to contribute what it owes to its pension systems. Meanwhile, state employees and teachers have faithfully kicked in their share paycheck after paycheck. This is profoundly unfair, and public employees have every right to scream that from the rooftops… We’d like to see legislation emerge from Springfield — or, better yet, emerge from the negotiating table with public employee unions — that is tightly focused on twin goals of limiting the pain inflicted on state employees and passing constitutional muster.”
  • Daily HeraldKane County budget to have employee salary info, “Kane County will begin its budget process for the 2012 fiscal year in less than a month, and elected officials will be armed with an unprecedented level of detail about departmental costs, particularly in regard to everyone’s salary and raises.”
  • Chicago TribuneEx-Gov Thompson takes over sports facilities agency, “The longtime executive director of the state agency that owns and operates U.S. Cellular Field is out, and former Republican Gov. James Thompson will fill in until a permanent replacement is found.”
  • Champaign News-GazetteService agencies ask for budget mercy, “A coalition of Illinois human service providers urged lawmakers not to cut their budgets disproportionately, and not to use more conservative revenue figures being advanced by House Democrats.”
  • Naperville SunWheatland Township to set town meeting, “According to township officials, a new building is needed because the township has outgrown its current facility, which was originally intended just for the Highway Department. At the town meeting, however, voters said they were interested in looking at other options, including perhaps leasing or renting space instead of constructing a new building. They were also interested in a cost analysis of the project, and a needs assessment of whether a building is needed at all.”

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